2:15PM Sunday, 18 August, 2019 NZST  at  Regent Theatre, 17 The Octagon, Dunedin
By the Grace of God

Shining his spotlight on a recent French paedophile-priest case, François Ozon's poignant, award-winning drama illuminates the brave struggle of victims in the face of institutional complicity, eschewing salacious expose

Based on a true, still-developing story, François Ozon's By the Grace of God is a deeply humane dramatisation of a victim-led campaign to seek justice against a paedophile priest and the church structures that enabled his destructive behaviour. Adjacent to Spotlight (the 2015 Best Picture Oscar winner is sneakily referenced via a poster on a wall in one scene), the veteran French director's film focuses on the lives of three very different men facing down a powerful institution and decades of trauma, in an effort to find peace and effect societal change. - Jacob Powell

France 2019
Director/Screenplay: François Ozon
In French with English subtitles
138 minutes/M sexual abuse themes, sexual references & offensive language